Congo, Democratic Republic Of

Emergency Air Evacuations in the DRC

The humanitarian community in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) relies on the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service’s (UNHAS) to reach remote areas, support national disaster responses, as well as carry out emergency evacuations of humanitarian aid workers. 

Overview

The situation in one of the poorest and least developed nations on earth is being complicated by a variety of factors including ongoing conflict in the east, a continuing crisis in the neighboring Central Africa Republic and mounting political tensions ahead of planned presidential elections in 2016. 

Food and Fuel

Since April 2013, WFP has been implementing a food-for-work project in four camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) around Goma. Participants help to produce fuel briquettes as a substitute for charcoal and firewood. The project, which targets IDPs as well as locals living around the camps, aims to reduce deforestation, improve the livelihoods of the poor and stop attacks on women collecting firewood in the bush.

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